If I could cause a change in teen behavior this year, it would be to get them to start paying attention to their college email. I understand their reluctance, they are spammed by colleges and college related organizations starting in sophomore and junior year. Some of the emails, thought to be spam, are actually genuine offers of waived application fees to selected colleges, the offer of abbreviated no-essay applications to others as well as scholarship offers if they apply by a specified date.
The problem with not opening email regularly is that the offers almost always have an expiration date. In addition to ignoring emails from colleges in general, there is another tendency that is costing them opportunity. Many don't open emails from colleges where they have accepted an admission offer. By not doing that, they risk not registering for classes on time, missing out on scholarships, not getting admitted to honors and other special programs and not getting housing or a compatible roomie.
College applicants and incoming freshmen-open your email...pass it on!